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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pentecost 7; Proper 8

“Do not think that I have come to ring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

These words are shocking to hear from Jesus’ mouth in Matthew 10. Yet since Jesus said it, it must be true. It is true that Jesus stood and never fought back as people wrongly accused him and told lies about him. It is true He never fought to prevent himself from going to the cross.

But Jesus is a fighter when it comes to sin on earth. Sin cannot stand next to holiness. Jesus cannot stand next to any other god. So the earth is divided. Those who follow Jesus by confessing their sin and being given His forgiveness and those who do not want forgiveness from Jesus at all.

These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, Nebraska. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn

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